What is learner discomfort?
“When a learner becomes conscious of their own performance – or lack of – that then can lead to them becoming anxious, which is an uncomfortable place to be.
So by “learner discomfort”, I guess I am talking about feelings of anxiety, worry or concern. A lack of confidence in the learner’s ability to participate in any meaningful way; to progress in any meaningful way.” – Dr Bryan West, Fortress Learning Diploma Trainer.
Now that we know what it is, how do we overcome it?
The four episodes below are from Fortress Learning’s series on teaching microskills called The Small Stuff.
In each episode, Bryan offers some strategies that you can implement in the classroom to make learning a much more comfortable, and therefore more productive, experience.
#1. Brain Dump
In Part 1 of Overcoming Learner Discomfort, Bryan demonstrates how to overcome learner discomfort using a strategy called “Brain Dump”.
#2. Avoid Straight Lines
In Part 2, Bryan explains how to overcome learner discomfort by avoiding straight lines.
#3. Get Creative
In Part 3, Bryan explains how creativity can be a useful strategy when overcoming learner discomfort.
#4. Talk About It
In Part 4, Bryan discusses how to overcome learner discomfort by simply talking about it.
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